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In honor of Earth Month, we wanted to share how Brookfield Properties’ sustainability program exemplifies best-in-class resource management, environmental performance, and community engagement. Across our Houston portfolio, we focus on five key areas within sustainability – energy, waste, water, carbon, and wellness – and Houston Center is a prime example of our sustainability efforts.
In February 2021, we proudly announced a new partnership with Enwave Energy Corporation, the largest core-competency district energy provider in North America, to provide cooling services to Houston Center. By replacing outdated systems and finding better efficiencies through incorporating Houston Center in Enwave’s larger district network, the new partnership will result in reducing the complex’s carbon footprint, improving water conservation, energy usage, and more.
The recent completion of capital improvements to Houston Center further highlight our commitment to creating sustainable and healthy environments for our tenants and visitors. We are wrapping up completion of a new bike room at Houston Center which will encourage our tenants to use alternative modes of transportation to and from the office and can help reduce carbon emissions within the city.
The repositioning of Houston Center also called for the creation of three new greenspaces, offering tenants and visitors alternative areas to work and socialize. In total, 24,000 square feet of pedestrian and greenspace was added along with 162 trees across five species including Cedar Elm, Live Oak, Olive, Bald Cypress, and Natchez Crape Myrtle.
Central plaza featuring the monumental spiral staircase, courtesy of Peter Molick/Brookfield Properties
Upper Terrace at 2 Houston Center, courtesy of Peter Molick/Brookfield Properties
The upper terrace adjacent to the fitness center at LyondellBasell Tower, courtesy of Peter Molick/Brookfield Properties
Our environmental and operational best practices have led to recognition, certifications, and designations from all over the globe, including Houston Center being LEED Gold certified. 2 Houston Center, Fulbright Tower, and 4 Houston Center are Energy Star rated.
We understand the importance of environmental stewardship and we understand that we have not only an immense opportunity, but also a responsibility, to make every aspect of our business as sustainable as we can. That is why we are so proud to be participating in Lights Out Texas, an initiative that aims to protect migrating birds by turning off all non-essential lights from 11 p.m. – 6 a.m. during the critical peak spring migration period from April 19 – May 7. During this time, we will be turning off the roof accent lights across our Houston portfolio.
When it comes to sustainability, we believe that building a better world for our communities begins with us. We are proud of our current sustainability efforts and we plan to continue to be thoughtful in our future sustainability endeavors.